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According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the United States is the third largest producer and second largest consumer, exporter, and importer of pork and pork products in the world. "The U.S. hog herd stands at nearly 60 million animals."

According to the Humane Society of the United States, the term "gestation crate" is used to describe 2-foot by 7-foot metal cages that house breeding pigs. Pregnant sows are confined in gestation crates for the majority of their pregnancy. The animals endure the pregnancy cycle about eight or 10 successive times before they can no longer reproduce.

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